Memory of the Peace documentary gets local screening on Saturday

What are our shared futures with the Site C dam? It's the central question of a new documentary that has its local premiere on Saturday night.

Memory of the Peace was written and directed by Jennifer Chiu and Jean Parsons, and is described as a "documentary portrait" of Fort St. John.

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"A young male oil worker, an Indigenous female, and a Dane-zaa drummer intersect in this historic oil-rush town as they navigate the cyclical forces of industry, resource extraction and colonization that have shaped Canada for a century and a half," the synopsis reads.

"Built along the Peace River Valley, Fort St. John is the site of the highly contested Site C hydroelectric dam, which promises to submerge 5,500 hectares of the valley under water if completed. As construction looms, each must contend with what the project means for their shared futures."

The 26-minute film features Connie Greyeyes, James Garten, and Trail and Sam Acko.

The film has screened at festivals across the globe, including Edinburgh, Vancouver, and Montreal, and picked up the best short award and the impact award for social change at the 2018 Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle.

The screening is set for Saturday, February 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

The film can also be watched online by clicking here.

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